Bering House

Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1202 673419

Escape here for a pampering break: delicious breakfasts, colourful gardens, sea views, wonderful hosts. Poole Harbour shoreline just a hop


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

An immaculate harbourside retreat. Renate’s attention to detail shows how much she loves running her B&B and welcoming guests. From fluffy dressing gowns and bathroom treats to biscuits and sherry – she and John look after you with heart-warming generosity.

Bedrooms are really comfortable; the Harbour Suite is huge and has views across the sparkling harbour and over to the Purbeck Hills. The breakfast table gleams with Spode china and Renate offers a superb choice: exotic fruits with Parma ham, warm figs or Morello cherry compote with Greek yogurt and honey, ‘posh porridge’, smoked salmon, poached eggs, muffins, smoked haddock gratin…

Sit out under the vine-covered arbour, walk through the park to the colourful huts by the sea, take a boat trip to Brownsea Island and spot red squirrels, Sika deer and masses of birds.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking across the park to the harbour's edge at sunset
  • Renate's delicious breakfasts
  • Sorting your own breakfast and tidying to have the Suite at a reduced price (it has a mini-kitchen)
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You should know

  • No dogs or little ones
  • The pretty Garden View room (twin/double) is smaller than the Suite


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Children over 12 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 400 yds. Restaurant 500 yds.


Nightly price
from £105
Damage deposit
Singles £100-£130.
1 Twin/double
From £105
1 Suite for 2
From £105



The Bering House was our first stop on our England trip. The warm welcome from Renate and John touched us very much. We were very pleased with the stylish furnishings and the wonderful view from our window. Renate spoiled us with the great breakfast. Renate will shortly receive a recipe for "Wiener Schnitzel" from us. We keep in touch and wish both good health and happiness. Thank you for everything :-)

Beate, Kaarst

This was pretty much a last minute break and we managed to secure 4 nights in the Harbour Suite on the basis it looked perfect for us. We were not disappointed. The suite itself had everything you could possibly want, and more. As this feedback box has a word limit, I shall come to the most important aspect - the hosts, Renate and John. They made us feel so welcome and looked after us as if we were part of the family. Nothing was too much trouble. The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and served in a beautiful dining room. We highly recommend this fantastic B&B! Thank you.

Dyann, London

On the 29th September my husband and I had the privilege of spending three lovely nights at Bering House, Poole with Renate and John Wadham. Sawdays description of Bering House is spot on. From the minute we arrived, Renate and John were the perfect hosts. They made us so welcome with tea and cake on arrival. We stayed in the Harbour suite which had the lovely view of the park and harbour. Breakfasts were delicious and set us up for the day. We would recommend the 'special' porridge - it is scrumptious! All in all, a first class B&B which we look forward to revisiting in the Spring.

Frank and Joan, Clifton, Shefford, Bedfordshire

I stayed for 4 nights with my daughter at Bering House, Poole, and we had a wonderful time. The front room overlooking Poole Harbour was absolutely charming and so quiet and relaxing. We enjoyed every minute and Renate and John are fabulous hosts. Breakfasts were memorable and prepared with great attention to detail. We heartily recommend Bering House and would love to return for more pampering!

Sheila, Birmingham

Absolutely top of the pile! The Harbour Suite is perfect. Comfortable lounge area looking out over Poole Harbour, a spacious balcony, the large en-suite with both a walk-in shower and bath, a useful kitchen for those staying in for the evening ......... and a super-comfortable super-king-size bed. And then there's breakfast ...... we stayed four nights and we simply couldn't make it past the "posh porridge", "super salmon" and/or the "heavenly haddock"! So, sorry, we can't comment on the Full English. Thank you both, John and Renate. You deserve medals.

Michael, Tunbridge Wells

Renate & John are the perfect hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them & the house is spotlessly clean, comfortable & warm. My breakfasts were of the high standard found in a top class hotel, absolutely delicious. I've stayed in lots of Sawdays B&B's but this is quite possibly the best one. I intend to visit again when the weather is warmer.

Carol, London

Absolutely adored John and Renate. We had a lovely stay, we were made to feel special with perfect weather and the food delicious (Renate is a lovely cook). The Harbour Suite has everything you need for a short or long stay. Thanks to you both for your hospitality.

Janet, Hertfordshire

John and Renata greeted my wife and I royally, tea and cake, yummy do,S . Do try the posh porridge at breakfast ( should carry a health warning ). John took the trouble to run us to a nearby restaurant , then on a phone call came And got kind is that. If your looking at BB in Poole just go there.. If our travels take us that way again we will.

Michael, Overton hants.

Wonderful welcome and beautiful room with everything you could ever need not to mention view, balcony and kitchen. Am fussy over beds but this one was first class as were the sheets and the breakfast was memorable, so much so missed out on lunch. Brought up in the area, feel I have found home from home.

Diana, Fittleworth West Sussex

Visited Bering house for 4 nights, upon arrival both Renate and John were so welcoming, the Harbour suite views are amazing and you have all the facilities you could wish for, having a small kitchen with even a dishwasher in it! 2 mins walk and your on the beach in front of the wonderful beach huts. Poole Quay is a pleasant 20 mins walk way with all the facilities that it provides. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend staying here, book now you will not be disappointed!

Phil, Nottinghamshire

We have just arrived home after spending five nights at Bering House in Poole. It was excellent. Renate and John are the most wonderful hosts and their breakfasts are the best we have ever had.


Beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and very comfortable... add to that friendly, welcoming hosts and a breakfast to die for and you have one of the most desirable B&B experiences in the country at a great value price. We have visited twice and hope to do so many more times.

Christine & Andrew, Hayling Island

We had a brilliant time and were very well looked after from the moment we arrived. Very friendly welcome. Lovely people. Wonderful breakfasts. Beautiful house. Quiet situation. Very convenient for the Poole area. We hope to go again.

Janet & John, Loughborough

Our first time at Bering House but certainly not our last visit. John and Renate made us feel so very welcome. We had a lovely room,fabulous breakfasts located in a wonderful setting. We were only away for 3 days but we wished we had stayed longer. We're so pleased we decided to stay here. Warm and Friendly hospitality. We've found a place we will return to. Thank you again to Renate and John.

Steve, Chester

Excellent accommodation & Renata & John could not be more friendly & helpful

Brenda, Epping

We decided to come down from London to Dorset for a short break and chose Bering House on the basis of the review and proximity to Purbeck. We were very pleased with our choice. John and Renate are wonderful hosts and make you feel very welcome. Breakfasts are excellent. There is a lot to do in that area - our favourite was the Studland area and walking on the cliffs, but there is no shortage of activities available.

Philip, London

Thrilled with everything about our stay here and the friendly professionalism of both our hosts with the added personal touches. The special porridge is to die for, don't miss it.

Catherine, Coventry

we were made very welcome. Nothing was to much. the attention to detail was exceptional with every little requirement you might need in the room. thank you for an amazing stay.


Enjoyed our visit very much nothing was too much trouble hospitality second to none .english bed and breakfast at its very best.


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The suite was spacious with delightful views over Poole Harbour. Nothing was too much trouble and the breakfast was superb. We will definitely return.


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The neighbourhood

Bering House sits in a fabulous and quiet position next to Hamworthy Park, overlooking the sea. Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney. Boat trips from Poole Quay (15-minute walk) can take you around the harbour islands to the famous National Trust’s Brownsea Island, seaward to Swanage or the Isle of Wight; a gentle inland cruise up the river Frome is a must too. You'll find plenty of places to eat out: afternoon tea, the freshest fish, pubs on the waterfront and more. Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and the glorious six miles of sandy beaches are a 20-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Renate & John Wadham

  • Visit Brownsea Island Nature Reserve. with its diverse range of habitats and wildlife. Home to the rare Red Squirrel and Peacocks.
  • Poole Harbour. a haven for yachting and cruising around the islands. Waterside cafes and restaurants.
  • Athelhampton House, Thomas Hardy’s Birthplace & Lawrence of Arabia’s Cottage. Rockley Park Sailing & Motor Boat Training School. Poole Park & Upton Country Park.
  • Compton Acres Italian & Japanese Gardens. Studland, Lulworth Cove, Swanage Steam Railway, Christchurch, The New Forest & Beaulieu Motor Museum, Poole Maritime Museum.
  • Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Hills, Jurassic Coast, South West Coastal Path, Stonehenge, Salisbury City, Cathedral & Old Sarum.
  • The Lighthouse Theatre, home of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Weymouth, Portland Bill, Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens & Swannery.


Renate & John Wadham

John and Renate have boundless energy. Renate adores her garden and loves to cook. John is an engineer, keen on his vegetable patch, tennis and sailing. Apart from running this popular bed and breakfast they find time to host charity events for local causes in their home and garden. Many of their guests return time and again and often book a year in advance.